In his ninth career start, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had his worst game in a 24-20 road loss to the New York Giants. The Giants bottled up Pryor and forced two critical turnovers down the stretch. It is the Raiders third loss this year to an NFC East team and their eighth straight road loss. The Giants improve to 3-6 on the season with their third consecutive win and Oakland drops to 3-6.
The game started with a huge swing in Oakland's favor. Jerrel Jernigan fumbled the opening kickoff which was recovered by Andre Holmes and returned to the Giants five yard line. From there, Pryor punched in from one yard out to take an early 7-0 lead. On their next possession, the Raiders answered the Giants special team's gaff by giving up a blocked punt. New York's Demontre Moore went unblocked through the middle to swat Marquette King's punt. Cooper Taylor swooped and went 21 yards to knot the game at 7-7.
After a Sebastian Janikowski 33 yard field goal gave Oakland a 10-7 advantage, the Giants drove 90 yards on 11 plays for a score. Eli Manning found wide receiver Rueben Randle on a five yard touchdown in the corner of the endzone. Raiders' defensive end Lamarr Houston jumped offsides on a third and four to continue the drive. The Raiders shot themselves in the foot constantly getting flagged eight times for 65 yards.
Just before halftime, the Raiders received a huge boost from cornerback Tracy Porter. Porter stepped in front of a Manning pass and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders took a 17-14 lead into the half. The defense sacked Manning three times, forced two turnovers and gave up just 251 yards of total offense.
The third quarter started with a solid 14-play 74 yard drive for the Raiders offense. Running back Rashad Jennings, filling in for the injured Darren McFadden, rushed seven times for 28 yards on the drive deep into Giants' territory. The drive stalled when tackle Khalif Barnes was flagged for a false start at the one yard line. The Raiders settled for a Janikowski field goal and a 20-14 lead.
From that point, the Raiders offense fell apart. On their next drive, Pryor throw an ill-advised interception to Terrell Thomas, who brought it back 65 yards to the Oakland five yard line. Two plays later, Andre Brown powered in for a one yard touchdown and gave New York a 21-20 lead. Brown started for the first time this season after breaking his leg in the preseason. He came back in a big way carrying 30 times for 115 yards and the score.
Despite only a one point deficit, the Raiders went away from the run that was working well. On the next two series, the Raiders put themselves in a hole early throwing. They ran seven plays and punted twice. For the game they could not convert a third down, finishing 2-12.
After the Raiders defense came away with three and out, the offense took over with 4:55 remaining in the game. After two no gains, Pryor was sacked by Mathias Kiwanuka off the edge forcing a fumble which the Giants recovered. Pryor finished the game 11-26 for 122 yards and two critical turnovers.
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